The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express offers an overnight travel experience unlike any other. As you board you step back into a more gracious, elegant age where your personal cabin steward, attends to your every comfort and will show you to your private Twin Cabin boasting gleaming wood marquetry, polished brass, soft towels and crisp linen. Your cabin provides a restful retreat offering panoramic views of ever changing landscapes as the train travel through the Swiss, Austrian and Italian Alps. Dining on board is divine; start with an aperitif in Bar Car '3674', famous for its delicious cocktails, then on to one of the three restored dining cars where softly muted lighting enhances the relaxed mood, and fine linen, sparkling silverware and superb crystal set the scene for a gastronomic experience to remember; all created by the Executive Chef and his team in the train's kitchen.


Butler service on the Venice Simplon Orient Express          Cabin aboard the Orient Express

London to Venice


Normally, customers from the UK book the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from London to Venice and return to the UK by air, but we can of course book this most luxurious of trains as a return journey, London-Venice-London. Or, you may prefer to start your holiday with a flight to Venice and end your holiday extravagantly by returning to the UK on the train. Whichever you prefer simply let our reservations team organise your itinerary for you. Please note that itinerary details are correct at time of brochure printing, however they may be subject to alteration. For guests who begin their train journey in London, you will board the art deco carriages of its sister train, Belmond British Pullman, for a silver service brunch as the train makes its way to Folkestone before boarding a private coach for your channel crossing. 

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When to Go


The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express operates in the Continent every year between mid-March to mid-November; it is a delightful way to travel at any time during this season, and we’re happy to book either a return journey on the train for you, or the outbound or return journey combined with flights either from London to Venice, or Venice to London. We can tailor make your holiday to your own personal requirements, simply let us know the dates that you would like to travel and your choice of hotel/s.

Opera Lovers


As the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express stops in Verona shortly before its arrival in Venice you can alight here to enjoy four days in this historic city and the world-famous operas in the Arena di Verona.

Opera at Arena di Verona

London to Venice Itinerary


Depart London mid-morning on either a Thursday or Sunday aboard the Belmond British Pullman and arrive in Venice in the late afternoon the next day (either Friday or Monday); in good time to settle in to your hotel and relax before your evening meal. As this brochure goes to print, trains are scheduled to depart from London Victoria station at 10am, and arrive at 5.25pm the following day at Santa Lucia station in Venice. However, timings may be subject to change and will be confirmed on your travel documents. 

As you board the gleaming carriages of the Belmond British Pullman train at London Victoria station, simply sit back and enjoy a silver service brunch and a Bellini cocktail as you make your way to the south coast. On arrival at Folkestone your hostesses escort you onto the coach transfer shuttle service through the Channel Tunnel to France.

Once in France, at Calais Ville, the immaculate carriages of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train awaits your arrival. After settling comfortably into your private cabin, you have time to relax and then dress for dinner. You can never be overdressed on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train. For dinner, we ask that men wear a suit and tie and women dress in smart attire, but many guests like to don black tie or evening dress for the occasion. You’ll no doubt wish to sample an aperitif in the Bar Car '3674' or two before making your way to one of the three magnificent restaurant cars where you will be served a delicious four-course evening meal prepared by one of the many skilled French chefs. Afterwards you may wish to linger in the Bar Car '3674', enjoying a coffee or after-dinner drink and listening to the sounds of the baby grand piano. And when you are eventually ready to retire, you’ll be delighted to return to your cabin which will have been transformed into a cosy bedroom by your Cabin Steward. 

Orient Express bar carriage           Dining carriage aboard the Venice Simplon Orient Express

After a relaxing night, you’ll awake to the magnificent scenery of the Swiss Alps as Continental breakfast is served to you in your cabin. Spend the morning in the Bar Car or in your cabin, chatting to fellow guests over coffee before a leisurely three-course lunch which is served in another of the beautiful restaurant cars. While away the afternoon with a visit to the on board boutique to purchase souvenirs or simply relax in your cabin and admire the passing scenery as the train travels through the Italian Dolomites. Later, afternoon tea is served in your cabin and all too soon it is time to prepare to disembark as the train crosses the Venetian Lagoon and pulls into Venice’s Santa Lucia station.

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